SPEECH BY GOVERNOR KINUTHIA MBUGUA – 23/09/2014
Launch of the capacity assessment and rationalization of the public service (carps) programme in counties: biometric data capture and institutional and organizational review exercises on
It is my great pleasure to be here this afternoon to preside over this very important exercise, the launch of the Capacity Assessment and Rationalization of the Public Service (CARPS) Programme in the County. The launch of this programme is in line with various reforms the government is undertaking in the Public Service aimed at ensuring efficiency and effectiveness in service delivery as outlined in the Constitution of Kenya, 2010 and Vision 2030.
As Nakuru County we acknowledge the immense benefits of the CARPS programme steered by this joint initiative commissioned by the National and the County Governments Coordinating Summit.
We support the objectives of the Programme that will see this exercise facilitate the transformation of public service for efficient service delivery to the public.
It is also very clear to us that this process will ensure that Government functions are properly structured and staffed to facilitate efficient and effective service delivery at both levels of Government.
Today, we are here to launch the CARPS programme and specifically the biometric data capture for all staff at both levels of governments in this County. It is emphasized that this exercise is mandatory and every employee has a personal responsibility to ensure that their data is captured in the system within the stipulated period.
The specific objectives of the Programme are to:
· Provide for well-organized structures, at the national and county government levels that are based on given mandates and functions.
· Establish the existing human resource capacity at the national and county levels and make recommendations on the optimal staffing levels based on the realigned structures.
· Determine skills and competencies needed to realize an efficient and effective Public Service.
· Achieve rational and equitable deployment of skilled and professional staff at both levels of Government.
The program is guided by a clear institutional framework which provides for the establishment of County Rationalization Steering Committee (CRSC) and County Rationalization Technical Team (CRTT) and outlines the functions of the Committees.
The program is also guided by key principles in its implementation and driven by the need for reforms in the public sector to ensure transparency, accountability, efficiency, speed and sustainable development nationally and at county level are achieved.
I would also like to reassure all civil servants that the ongoing process is not aimed at victimizing anyone but instead it’s to help the County and national governments understand the nature of their human resource and its capabilities.
It should also be noted that the Institutional and Organizational Review; and workload analysis to align the structures and staffing to the mandates of the County will run concurrently with the biometric data capture.
As part of the institutional framework of the CARPS programme, the County Rationalization Steering Committee (CRSC) and County Rationalization Technical Team (CRTT) are expected to play a key role in both exercises.
In carrying out this important assignment, the CRSC and CRTT should ensure that it involves all stakeholders and adhere to the principles of the CARPS programme.
Finally, let me emphasize once again the fact that, this programme is meant to enhance service delivery in the Public Service for the benefit of Kenyans. I therefore urge all the stakeholders to support the programme, as it is meant to realize a highly responsive, professional and productive Public Service.
With those remarks I wish to declare the CARPS programme officially launched.